Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie
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Beginning with Woodstock '99, director Michelle Esrick has spent ten years documenting the life of Wavy Gravy. Saint Misbehavin' journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this one of a kind servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy's own words with magical stories from an extraordinary array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown's grin and the fool's clothing. In Saint Misbehavin' Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Esrick has crafted an affectionate portrait of a man whose eclectic, ebullient life has been devoted to peace, love and understanding - an eternal hippie who has "walked the walk" since he burst onto the Greenwich Village "Beat" scene in the late 1950s."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Are we to believe that this wild-haired, in-your-face LSD disciple is Mr. Perfect? I doubt it."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Perfunctory, bowdlerized, and intermittently condescending, Saint Misbehavin' has all the biographical trenchancy of a fundraiser infomercial."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"[M]ore than a footnote to the 1960's counterculture, he's serious fun in this [genial] bio-documentary on the role of the clown/fool in society."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"Despite the claim that Wavy Gravy is some kind of holy clown, he said nothing or did nothing in this movie that is funny at all. An acquired taste, I suppose."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"As freewheeling and irreverent as the man himself, Saint Misbehavin' is that rare documentary whose flaws seem appropriate for its subject matter."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Perhaps the fly-on-the-wall approach of Esrick's mentor (and this film's executive producer) D.A. Pennebaker would have been more revealing. Instead, we get just a mystery man in white."
‑ Gregg Rickman, Village Voice
"Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie is a celebration and something of a scrapbook too, a collection of memories without much in the way of questions."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Doesn't probe too deeply into the man, but the message of altruism is loud and clear, befitting a rascal who's spent his colorful days trying to make the world a better place."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A remarkable and rowdy documentary about a contemporary holy fool and saint who walks his talk about love, compassion, peace, and transformation."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Like its subject, Saint Misbehavin' is an unabashed love letter to the world that defies the cynicism of our age."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Esrick spent 10 years on the film, and the result is a comprehensive portrait."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Its subject is so personable, with both an infectious personality and a razor-sharp mind, that it's hard not to get caught up in his story."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"A much better movie than its off-putting title would suggest, Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie will introduce many to a singularly altruistic individual."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"It's impossible to watch this movie without feeling that you're in the presence of a good and decent man."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
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